"What do you think that large protrusion is 500 meters over there in this barren land of destruction?"
"You know, I don't know, but I hear trees grow quite quickly so we must assume it is a tree of sorts."
……"Gentlemen, we may not make history tomorrow, but we shall certainly change the geography." (1)
……" [...] there rose out of the dark ridge of Messines and "Whitesheet" and that ill-famed Hill 60, enormous volumes of scarlet flame [...] throwing up high towers of earth [...] spilling over into fountains of fierce colour." (2)
……… One lieutenant reported finding in one crater no human remains larger than a single foot encased in its boot.
(1) General Plumer to his staff the evening before the attack
(2) Sir Philip Gibbs